Cops, Robbers and lots of Caskett

Posted on November 6, 2011

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A worried Alexis (Molly C Quinn) looks on as the NYPD attempt to foil a bank robbery.

When Castle and Martha are taken hostage by a crew of bank robbers dressed in hospital scrubs and using classic television doctor names (Trapper John M.D., Dr. Huxtable, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Dr. Doogie Howser), Beckett finds herself on the outside, desperately trying to rescue them — which proves to be even more difficult with a by-the-book hostage negotiator watching her every move. Castle becomes the de facto leader of the hostages, which includes Barry Livingston, and discovers that the robbery is actually a skilfully orchestrated distraction for an even more sinister plan. But with Castle stuck on the inside and Beckett on the outside, will either be able to foil the bank robbers’ plans before it is too late?


I’m finding it hard to come up with a good opening sentence for this review. Maybe I’ll just go with ‘Wow’ and leave it that.

Yeah. Wow.

Ok, now that’s done with, time to talk about the actual episode which, as you may have guessed, is pretty bloody good. It’s an idea that’s been done several times before – bank robbery goes wrong, hostages, we’re going to kill you all, blah blah blah. It’s a tried and tested formulaic plot.

And yes, the plot is formulaic right down to the whole “The bank robbery is just a decoy…” thing. That actually did happen on Die Hard.

Where this episode really works is in the human interactions that happen throughout it, which you might say is evident in every episode but in this one, it’s even more vital. Castle and Martha in the bank are superb. I would like to have seen Martha being a bit spunkier with the bank robbers because I think she would be despite the guns etc. Her scenes with the bank manager are excellent though, particularly when she is so overjoyed that he knows her work.

Nathan Fillion is, as ever, excellent and charming and god, have we ever liked a TV character more? This is one of the first episodes this season that he’s really been able to show off his resourcefulness: the bathroom break; slipping the lodgement slip to Beckett; the bracelet reflection, which was just genius, I thought.

On the outside, Stana Katic was great as Beckett (who does indeed have a beautiful bedroom voice) Her frustration at the lack of action with Captain Peterson is great but it’s her final conversation with Trapper John that blows me away. You see the strength, mixed in with a little bit of fear on her face and she’s so believable. It’s a perfect scene.

As are the scenes later when they leave the bank after the explosion and are in the loft that night. Molly C Quinn is great as the fretting daughter and strung out girlfriend of Ashley. Her break up with him is so mature that I’m wondering if I can hire her to do it for me in future!

For me though, the scene of the night was that one in the bank vault after Beckett finds everyone alive. You get the feeling that if there had been no one else there, she’d have hugged (and possibly kissed?) him for about an hour. The relief that’s evident there is beautifully portrayed on her face.

But it’s that little flicker of recognition when she reaches out and grabs his lapel which set stomachs whirling. Their faces both say it all, the eyes locking, Castle’s smile that falls just so slightly into a moment of realisation, that maybe she’s getting closer to that point where she can let him in….and then Martha ruins it. For god’s sake woman! Ahem. At least, that’s what I’m sure was going through Castle’s mind when his darling mother broke the spell.

Then again, it’s still realistic. Are you really going to sit watching your son distract the person who could be cutting people loose? Probably not.

The final shot when Castle is recounting the number of times he has saved Beckett is cute and typically him. I particularly liked his line about not forgetting rescuing her from her bathtub in a hurry. Neither will we.

While there was nothing brilliant about this plot, it’s once again the characters that make this series so magnificent. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the crime aspect of the episode but I think this episode was built up so much as shipper episode that it was hard to concentrate on the plot.

The fact remains that Castle is still one of the best series on TV at the moment and this episode highlights all of the reasons why.

Bromancing the Stone

 

The lads had a few nice moments in this episode but their best one needed no, or very few words. “Since when are we handling bank robbery calls?” But as soon Beckett tells them Castle is there, it’s serious faces on and instantly on the phones. It highlights both how seriously they take their jobs and how much Castle is part of the team.

Caskett Watch

 

I could write a separate post on the Caskett stuff in this episode. But seeing as I’m not very good at getting the review posts up on time, it’s probably best that I don’t try adding extra work for myself.

There were so many though: “Tell me you need me,”; the final scenes in the loft; the hand on his when she goes in as an EMT; it was brimming with moments to make the shippers squee.

My personal favourite though is a moment I’ve mentioned above and will mention again in Line of the Night so I’m going to hold off here.

Line of the Night

 

Beckett: “Because if you pull that trigger, I will walk through those doors and personally put a bullet through your skull.”

And she would too.

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